AAA Annual Meeting 2021

November 18, 2021

Baltimore, United States

Ethnographic truths: Puerto Rican Migration, Race, and Resistance





According to anthropologist Lila Abu-Lughod (2019), “We can continue to make anthropology matter for the world if we keep it a space where we can speak freely unpopular truths and offer criticisms of the common sense, based on what we study and know.” In a current moment marked by various manifestations of violence against migrants and other historically marginalized communities, these words cannot be more timely. This roundtable is an invitation to explore “the courage of truth.” Bringing together ethnographers of the Puerto Rican diaspora to discuss new and emerging scholarship, we offer historical and contemporary critiques of the U.S. empire, as well as discuss the complex realities of Puerto Ricans in the U.S. diaspora within an intersectional context. We will address questions, such as: How does Puerto Rican ethnography disrupt commonsense narratives of Puerto Ricans in the continental United States? Similarly, how does Puerto Rican ethnography shed a light on activism and resistance in the diaspora? How might an analysis of decolonial movements help us envision a more inclusive anthropology of Puerto Ricans and other Latinxs in the diaspora? What responsibilities do we have as scholars of the diaspora to our interlocutors and the communities we write about?


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